Longtime broadcaster and local businessman Don DeCesare has been selected as commencement speaker for Middlesex Community College’s 2014 graduation ceremony – which will likely include a record-setting number of graduates from the College. DeCesare, who is president and general manager of WLIS-AM, Old Saybrook, and WMRD-AM, Middletown, and managing general partner of Crossroads Communications, LLC, will address graduates during the May 29 ceremony at MxCC’s Middletown campus.
Throughout his 44-year broadcasting career, DeCesare has held many different positions including reporter, anchor, host, producer and editor. In addition to successfully managing radio stations, DeCesare has been involved in station ownership and real estate through Crossroads Communications. He is a founding member of CT-N, the television channel that reports on Connecticut government, has served as president of the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce, is a board member of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, and is past chairman of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association. DeCesare also was appointed by the Connecticut State Legislature to serve as co-chair of the “Victims’ Privacy Rights and the Public’s Right to Know” Task Force.
“Don has been a longtime friend and supporter of Middlesex Community College, serving as one of our corporators and as a member of our Center for New Media Advisory Board,” Dr. Anna Wasescha, MxCC’s president said. “As a thoughtful, articulate community college advocate, I am confident Don’s message will be memorable and meaningful to what looks to be MxCC’s largest number of graduates ever.”